Authors

  • Tomi Reichental

    Reichental, Tomi

    Tomi Reichental was born in 1935 in Slovakia. He was sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Tomi has lived in Dublin since 1959 and regularly talks to Irish schools about his wartime experiences.

    A documentary about Tomi's attempts to meet one of his jailers, Close to Evil, has been shown on TV and in cinemas throughout the world, and helped again to raise the profile of the Holocaust.

    • I Was a Boy in Belsen
  • Neil Richardson

    Richardson, Neil

    Neil Richardson studied Philosophy in University College, Dublin, before writing his first book, A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall: Stories of Irishmen in World War I, which won the Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year award at the 2010 Irish Book Awards. This was followed by Dark Times, Decent Men: Stories of Irishmen in World War II in 2012, and According to Their Lights: Stories of Irishmen in the British Army, Easter 1916 in 2015.   (more)

    • A Coward if I Return, A Hero if I Fall
    • A Coward if I Return, A Hero if I Fall
    • Dark Times, Decent Men
  • Ralph Riegel

    Riegel, Ralph

    Ralph Riegel lives in Cork. He has worked as a journalist for several newspapers including The Cork Examiner, The Evening Echo, The Evening Herald and The Sunday Independent and is the southern correspondent for The Irish Independent. He is also a regular contributor to RTE, BBC and TV3 and to British newspapers including the (London) Independent and The Daily Telegraph.

    • Three Kings
    • Afraid of the Dark
    • Hidden Soldier
  • Robinson, Mary

    Mary Robinson was president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and UN High Commissioner for Human rights from 1997 to 2002. She has had many significant roles in international leadership, focusing on climate justice, human rights and women's rights. Earlier in her career, as a barrister, she represented the protesters occupying Wood Quay, the Viking heart of Dublin, and was instrumental in having it declared a national monument.

    • Dublin By Design
    • Taney
    • Das Goldene Buch Irland
    • Il Libro d'Oro Irlanda
    • The Golden Book of Ireland [Russian]
    • Un Viaje a Través del Libro de Kells
    • Brendan the Navigator
    • À La Découverte du Livre de Kells
  • Kate Rowan

    Rowan, Kate

    Kate Rowan is a freelance sports journalist based in Dublin, specialising in features. Kate has travelled widely covering rugby including the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Ireland’s 2012 June to tour to New Zealand and the 2013 British and Irish Lions Tour of Australia. She regularly wrote features for the Irish Independent online and has worked extensively writing for governing bodies including World Rugby (formerly IRB) and IRFU.   (more)

    • Six Nations, Two Stories
  • Eddie Rowley

    Rowley, Eddie

    Eddie Rowley is the Sunday World's showbiz correspondent, covering the local and international music scene since 1983.

    • Living the Dream
    • Keep it Country
    • Lady of the Dance
  • James Roy

    Roy, James

    James Roy has worked for many years as a paediatric and emergency nurse in various hospitals. In addition to his work with young people in the health setting, he has written several award-winning books for children and teenagers.
    • The 'S' Word
  • Meda Ryan

    Ryan, Meda

    MEDA RYAN, historian and author, is a native of West Cork and now lives in County Clare; she has participated in television and radio documentaries and has had articles published in a wide variety of history magazines and journals, plus national and local newspapers. Her published books include Tom Barry: IRA Freedom Fighter; The Day Michael Collins Was Shot; Liam Lynch: The Real Chief and Michael Collins and the Women Who Spied for Ireland.

    • Thomas Kent
  • Ryan, Paul

    The late Paul Ryan was a lover of language, especially slang, and spent many years collecting humorous quotations, sayings, and linguistic ticks and quirks.

    • Dublin Wit
    • The Wee Book of Irish Wit & Malarkey
  • Olive Sharkey

    Sharkey, Olive

    Olive Sharkey comes from a farming family in the Irish midlands. She has worked as an architect's draftsperson, and after her marriage began writing and drawing and contributing to newspapers and magazines. Her other interests include natural history and photography.

    • Irish Country Life
  • Michael Sheridan

    Sheridan, Michael

    Michael Sheridan has combined a career as a journalist with that of theatre director. He has written extensively on the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder and the Garda investigation. Michael was also the main screenplay writer for the film When the Sky Falls based on the life and death of journalist Veronica Guerin.

    • Death in December
  • Michael Shiel

    Shiel, Michael

    MICHAEL SHIEL was born in Galway and graduated as an engineer from UCG. He began work on one of the first rural schemes in 1947, and claims he was the first registered rural electrification consumer west of the Shannon, at his home near Enniscrone. He later became Commercial/Distribution Director of ESB.
    • The Quiet Revolution
  • Pat Shortt

    Shortt, Pat

    Pat Shortt started in comedy when he left Art College. With Jon Kenny he created D’Unbelievables, Ireland’s most popular comedy duo. Together they performed their unique and critically acclaimed brand of comedy in theatres all over Ireland, Great Britain and The United States as well as various countries across Europe.   (more)

    • I Will in Me Politics
    • Legendary Ireland
  • Gerard Siggins

    Siggins, Gerard

    Gerard Siggins was born in Dublin in 1962. Initially a sports journalist, he worked for many years in the Sunday Tribune, where he became assistant editor. He has written several books about cricket and rugby. His Rugby Spirit series has sold over 65,000 copies and is hugely popular with sports-loving children around the world.   (more)

    • Lansdowne Road
  • George Otto Simms

    Simms, George Otto

    George Otto Simms was born in Dublin in 1910. He took his BA, MA, BD, PhD, and DD degrees at Trinity College, Dublin. Ordained a priest of the Church of Ireland in 1936, he spent his working life in the service of the church and was Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1969 until his retirement in 1980.   (more)

    • À La Découverte du Livre de Kells
    • Exploring the Book of Kells
    • Exploring the Book of Kells (Japanese)
  • Slavin, Michael

    Born in 1931, Michael Slavin has been a keen observer of horses since the time they were worked on his family’s farm in Cavan in the thirties and forties. When he moved to Dublin after the War the Horse shows at the RDS became an annual pilgrimage. Even when studying abroad for his Masters in Education he still found ways of finding horse events to attend.   (more)

    • Ambassadors on Horseback
  • Will Sliney

    Sliney, Will

    Will Sliney is an internationally renowned graphic artist, living in Cork. Will works with major US comic publishers on the Star Wars Clone Wars comic book series, and Fearless Defenders for Marvel.

    • Celtic Warrior
  • Dermot Somers

    Somers, Dermot

    DERMOT SOMERS, mountaineer, Gaelic scholar, TV presenter, and award-winning writer was born in Roscommon and now lives in Drogheda. He has written and presented over twenty programmes for television on wild landscape, culture, travel and adventure.

    • Endurance
    • Blasket Islands
  • Ray Stagles

    Stagles, Ray

    Ray Stagles was born and brought up in Leyton, east London. He studied at University College London, evacuated to Aberystwyth, and there met his future wife, Joan. They both took Honours degrees in English in 1942. He served as a radar mechanic in the Fleet Air Arm until 1946. After the war he taught in schools in Essex, then became a Head Teacher, first, in 1957, in Shropshire, then, from 1964, in Berkshire.   (more)

    • Blasket Islands
    • Best of Irish Meat Recipes
    • Fruit on the Table
  • Eamonn Sweeney

    Sweeney, Eamonn

    Eamonn Sweeney was born in 1968 in the nearly hurling-free county of Sligo, a deficiency remedied by his hurling-mad father from Kilkenny. He has written on sports for the Irish Examiner for a number of years, and is the author of two novels, The Photograph and Waiting for the Healer, a book on soccer, There's Only One Red Army, and a play, Bruen's Twis.   (more)

    • O'Brien Pocket History of Gaelic Sport
  • Swift, Jonathan

    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), was the author of Gulliver's Travels, one of the world's greatest satirical fantasies. He was Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin from 1713-1745.

    • Best-Loved Swift
  • Synge, John Millington

    Edmund John Millington Synge (16 April 1871 – 24 March 1909) was an Irish playwright, poet, prose writer, travel writer and collector of folklore. He was a key figure in the Irish Literary Revival and was one of the co-founders of the Abbey Theatre. He is best known for his play The Playboy of the Western World, which caused riots in Dublin during its opening run at the Abbey Theatre.   (more)

    • In Wicklow, West Kerry and Connemara
  • Alice Taylor

    Taylor, Alice

    Alice Taylor lives in the village of Innishannon in County Cork, in a house attached to the local supermarket and post office. Since her eldest son has taken over responsibility for the shop, she has been able to devote more time to her writing.

    Alice Taylor worked as a telephonist in Killarney and Bandon.   (more)

    • Home For Christmas
    • And Life Lights Up
    • As Time Goes By
    • Exploring the Book of Kells (Japanese)
    • The Táin
    • The Little Book of Irish Beards
    • Traditional Irish Recipes
  • Loreto Todd

    Todd, Loreto

    Loreto Todd is Professor of English at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. Born in Northern Ireland, she attended Queen's University, Belfast where her classmates included poet Seamus Heaney and writer Seamus Deane. She worked in England for many years, and was director of the programme of World English Research at the University of Leeds, England.

    She has travelled extensively and lectured in Africa, America (North and South), Asia (India and Singapore), Australia (Brisbane and Sydney), the Caribbean and the Pacific (Hawaii, Solomans, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea).   (more)

    • The Little Book of Celtic Names
    • Celtic Names for Children
    • The Perfect Name for Your Baby
  • Touher, Patrick

    Patrick Touher trained as a Baker Confectioner whilst in Artane Industrial School and worked as such upon leaving the school at age sixteen. Patrick travelled extensively from the sixties through to the early seventies. In 1972 he married his wife Pauline and they had three children together.
    • Fear of the Collar
    • Written in My Heart
    • Vet Among the Pigeons
    • Our Lives Out Loud
  • Waldron, Robert

    Robert Waldron taught at America's first school, founded in 1635: Boston Latin School, where he lectured in English Literature. He is the author of ten books -- two works of fiction, and right non-fiction; of the latter four are books devoted to the work and life of Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton.   (more)

    • The Secret Dublin Diary of Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Ged Walsh

    Walsh, Ged

    Ged Walsh has had a lifelong interest in local history, particularly that of the Rathgar/Churchtown area where he lives. A member of the Old Dublin Society since 1970 and of the Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society since its foundation in 1996, he has given talks on various topics to several Local History Societies and Active Retirement Associations, mainly in South County Dublin.   (more)

    • On The Banks of the Dodder
  • Jennifer Walsh

    Doctor Walsh, Jennifer

    Dr. Jennifer Walsh, MB PhD MRCOG FRCPI, is a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at both The National Maternity and Mater Misericordiae University Hospitals in Dublin. She is Subspecialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine with a focus on high-risk obstetric care and prenatal ultrasound.

    • The Irish Pregnancy Book
  • Philip Watson

    Watson, Philip

    Philip Watson spent thirteen years as a coastal conservationist, caring for The Giant's Causeway and other sights on the North Antrim Coast. He is now a freelance writer and naturalist. He has a keen interest in environmental and rural issues and has worked in Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Newfoundland and Wales.   (more)

    • The Giant's Causeway
    • Fond Memory
  • John Wesson

    Wesson, John

    John is based between England and County Kerry, Ireland, with much of his work focused upon the land and seascapes of the emerald isle. John's subject matter is much varied, preferring inspiring locations and original subjects to the contemporary, often clichéd images seen. His quest for unique images has lead him into every corner of Kerry, from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Skelligs, to some of its oldest abandoned buildings.   (more)

    • Kerry
    • The Ferret Fancier
  • Whelan, Fergus

    Fergus Whelan has worked for thirty years in the trade union movement and has been an officer of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions since 1995.
    • Dissent into Treason
  • Biddy White Lennon

    White Lennon, Biddy

    Biddy White Lennon was a noted cook and personality, familiar to many people as Maggie from The Riordans. She was a founder member and Chairwoman of the Irish Food Writers Guild as well as editor and food writer of Irish Home Diary and wrote regularly for Food and Wine Magazine.   (more)

    • Best of Irish Home Baking
    • Best of Irish Traditional Cooking
    • Best of Irish Potato Recipes
  • Wilde, Oscar

    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.   (more)

    • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Will, Gavin

    Gavin Will owns Boulder Publications, a book publishing firm in Newfoundland, Canada, that specializes in non-fiction. Previously, he worked as a business journalist, writing for Reuters, Bloomberg News, the Globe and Mail, and several oil industry publications.

    With a lifelong love for history, his interest in transatlantic aviation was piqued by the central role Newfoundland played during the pioneer years of aviation, when such well known pilots as Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh visited its shores during the 1920s and 1930s.

    • The Great Atlantic Air Race
    • Gift of the Gab
  • Paul Williams

    Williams, Paul

    Paul Williams is author of the best-selling crime boss exposé, The General, made into a major award-winning movie directed by John Boorman. Crime correspondent with The Sunday World, and a qualified criminologist, Paul Williams is acknowledged as an authority on the Irish criminal underworld.   (more)

    • The General
    • Gangland
    • Wild Dublin
  • John Wyse Jackson ( dec'd)

    Wyse Jackson ( dec'd), John

    John Wyse Jackson was born in Kilkenny in 1953, and educated in Dublin. His previous works on Oscar Wilde are Aristotle at Afternoon Tea: the Rare Oscar Wilde and Wilde about St Louis, an account of Oscar’s two days in the American city in 1882. Other books, either solo or in collaboration, include Myles Before Myles: a Selection of the Earlier Writings of Flann O’Brien, James Joyce's Dubliners: An Annotated and Illustrated Edition, Phenolphthalein: A Fictional Quest for the Eighth Plot, John Stanislaus Joyce: The Life of James Joyce’s Father, Flann O’Brien at War, We All Want to Change the World: A Life of John Lennon, Dublin: Poetry of Place and, with the Ulster artist Hector McDonnell, Ireland’s Other Poetry: Anonymous to Zozimus, Ulster’s Other Poetry and Dublin’s Other Poetry.   (more)

    • Best-Loved Oscar Wilde
    • Best-Loved Swift